Outrage over 'looky looky' men in southern Spain

‘UNFAIR COMPETITION’: Street vendors in Benalmadena’s Puerto Marina. ‘UNFAIR COMPETITION’: Street vendors in Benalmadena’s Puerto Marina. © Agnes and Hans/Flickr

A COSTA DEL SOL business association has warned that the number of ‘looky looky’ street vendors in holiday hotspots is spiralling out of control.

It comes as the Benalmadena Association of Merchants and Entrepreneurs (ACEB) described the situation as “alarming” and “critical” in a statement.

President Rosa Maria Gonzalez Rubia said: “The problem is much bigger this year, we are receiving continual complaints from local businesses, especially those located on the seafront and marina.

“They are powerless witnesses of the unfair competition imposed by this illegal activity, which often takes place on their own doorsteps.”

In April the town council discussed how to solve the issue in a meeting with officials from neighbouring Torremolinos, but since then “they have done nothing,” continued Ms. Rubia.

“There appears to be a total lack of political will to implement the proposals that were put on the table back in April,” she added.

The suggestions reportedly included strengthening coordination between Local and National police forces and the development of a public awareness campaign, but neither have materialised, according to ACEB.

Benalmadena’s mayor, Victor Navas, claimed the police are overrun because “the number of sellers has doubled and many now act aggressively towards officers rather than packing up and moving on when confronted.”

He added the only way to deal with the problem is “better border control over illegal merchandise and a change in Spanish law since the activity is currently punished only with administrative sanctions.”

Matt Ford

Share your story with us by emailing [email protected], by calling +34 951 38 61 61 or by messaging our Facebook page.

Comments (4)

  1. Dave Robinson

Spain should copy Italy and turn-back the boats full of illegal migrants (posing as refugees). At least that would stem the flow of new looky-looky men.

 
  1. John

If the police were empowered to confiscate the items they were selling that would soon stop them. Authorities are so often scared to act though for fear of being accused of being racist.

 
  1. Joona

Confacate all illegal pirate version, and the problems will fade away very quickly.

 
  1. Julie

If people didn’t buy of the looky looky men then they would have to pack up and leave.x

 
There are no comments posted here yet

Leave your comments

Posting comment as a guest.
0 Characters
Attachments (0 / 3)
Share Your Location

Poll of the Week

Do you think England are going to win the World Cup?

New online edition graphic

Create Costa del Sol Alert

Do you want to be the first to receive our latest news from Costa del Sol? Subscribe here.